While the S&P 500 remained near its all-time high, the recent massive selloff in the technology sector went mostly unnoticed. But for investors who follow the so-called “FANG” stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) the hit was painful: About $60 billion in value was wiped out in just one afternoon, representing the largest selloff in nearly 2 years.
The wipeout was a function of just how big these companies have become and the position they are in with new tax reform looming. Tech companies are expected to receive little benefit given its already-low average tax rate of 18.5% (below the 20% proposed rate).
This has caused investors to rotate out of the tech stocks and into the financial services sector, which stands to benefit more from a corporate tax rate that would drop from the current 35% to 20%.
Interestingly, the S&P 500 was relatively unaffected while this rotation into financials and out of tech ensued. The index’s volatility actually remained low, as did correlations among the S&P 500’s member stocks.
In other words, the diversity offered by the S&P 500 Index allowed for the index too remain relatively unscathed by the trading within the tech and financial sectors, a key reminder to investors that having proper exposure across the markets continues to be important with the S&P 500 near its all-time high.
Do you own your own business? Will there be a time when you want to sell your business? What is the best time to sell your company? Do you have the right team of advisors to develop and implement a plan for selling your business? What value do you need to get for your business in order to reach your financial goals and achieve your desired standard of living? Do you have a comprehensive financial plan that gives you direction and clarity pre and post-sale?
For most entrepreneurs the sale of their business, their life’s work, the reason for jumping out of bed in the morning, is a critical moment. The Denver Business Journal has identified professionals that are experts and deal specifically with liquidity events for business owners to be panelist for the event. The panelists will provide valuable insight to get you ready when the time is right. The panel includes Steve Kopitz, CEO of skis.com and business owner who recently sold his business; Joanne Baginski, accounting Partner at EKS&H; Lisa D’Ambrosia, Director and attorney at Minor & Brown PC; Bob Forbes, President of Forbes MA Group; and Founder and CEO of Janiczek® Wealth Management, Joseph Janiczek.
I’ve had a lot of clients and friends recently ask me if our comprehensive “bear watch” or “rally watch” investment models have triggered any sell or buy signals. The short answer is…
- the weight of our macro, fundamental and technical evidence remains bullish,
- albeit with signs of elevated risk across global markets.
With plenty of headlines and moving economic parts to consider, I do think it’s a good time for you to review our mid-year market outlook. Click the image below to download.
In the 5-page report, our Chief Investment Officer, James Callahan, CFA does a fine job filtering through all the noise, hype and data to zero into a quality evidence-based assessment of conditions, dangers and opportunities.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to call me at 303-721-7000.
A prominent estate planning attorney I was meeting with recently said it well:
“The middle high net worth segment ($5 million to $40 million net worth) often encounter:
A) a revolving door (of representatives) from mega-institutions that may “lower their standard” and accept them as a border-line (size) account, or
B) biased sales pitches from retail brokers and banks who are incentivized and organized to pitch investment products rather than provide comprehensive investment and wealth management services.”
We couldn’t agree more with this synopsis. As we like to say, who wants to work with an advisor who “gives them no respect” (we call it the “Rodney Dangerfield” treatment) and way too complicated and costly investment products in today’s open architecture world? Or, who wants to be the gravy train for the top sales superstars of retail brokerages and banks when “open source/free agency” investing has opened up a world of quality, lean investment vehicles less complicated, less costly and less sticky (easy to plug in and out)?
I am so pleased to announce that today, on December 2, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted patent number 8,903,739: Systems and Methods for Optimizing Wealth, of which I am the inventor.
Decades in the trenches with accomplished business leaders experiencing a life-changing liquidity event offered the ideal extreme conditions conducive to innovation. Simply put, I do not believe people who experience good fortune should have to struggle to keep the wealth they created protected, growing and serving them…all too often wealth masters people instead of people mastering wealth.